Definition of sonority in English:


Syllabification: so·nor·i·ty
Pronunciation: /səˈnôritē


1The quality or fact of being sonorous.
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  • Enescu's compatriot, Mihaela Martin, handles well the composer's demands for texture and sonority.
  • Portugheis projected a rich sonority despite the fact that the keyboard was evidently bathed in sweat.
  • Yet thanks to the engaging performance the exciting momentum and colourful sonority contributed to the impression that this version can indeed stand as a successful independent chamber work.
1.1 Phonetics The relative loudness of a speech sound.
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  • There may certainly be independent grounds for categorizing segments as vowels or consonants, in terms of their inherent sonority and phonological dependence, for example.

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Pronunciation: kənˈspikyo͞oəs
standing out so as to be clearly visible